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Stormchaser: March Madness

Stormchaser: March Madness

[ March 8, 2010 - 12:47pm ]
Snowbird Powder
Dek: 
It may be almost spring, but that doesn't mean winter is over. The Stormchaser is predicting several inches of snow around Colorado and Utah this week.

Our pattern of splitting southern storms continues as 4-6 inches fell today in the southern San Juans, 3 inches at Telluride (as of 3 pm), and 2-3 inches in the northern Utah mountains. The bulk of the moisture is just now approaching the four corners and should see enhanced snowfall tonight into Monday afternoon however limited to areas favored by southerly flow (Durango, Silverton, Wolf Creek, Taos). These areas should see between 8-11 inches by late Monday. Telluride should only see 4-7 inches additional dumpage. Temperatures will keep snow levels at 6,500 making for some pretty dense snow in spots. The front range of Colorado could see some light snow on Monday night when the winds shift to the north. A second storm will impact the region on Tuesday night that should have much colder air but at this point, I’m not overly optimistic for heavy mountain snows (light snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday) of which the pattern remains favorable for the southern Rockies and if lucky the Wasatch.

The Chase?  My chase will take me to Grand Junction on Sunday night where I can evaluate the snow totals at 5 am with hope of catching some dumpage at Telluride or Crested Butte Monday morning. My confidence is not very high at this point but the possibility of 8 inches or more is certainly possible.

Extended:  High Pressure takes hold Friday and Saturday and there is a hint of a decent storm by Sunday next week.

For more storm predictions, check out www.powderchasers.com.

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